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      05-26-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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72k miles....time to replace shocks?

Daily driving is pretty much all city/suburban driving. I do take the car on average once every month or two on a long trip (7+ hours roundtrip). Y'all think shocks should be replaced by now? They do seem to be noticeably looser than before....or is that just in my mind?
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Yes. Replace them.
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      05-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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If you want a stock set, I have my 09 suspension parts in my basement with about 1000miles on them.
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I am in a similar situation. An 06 with sports package suspension and 62k on the clock. I have heard everything from "don't replace your shocks until they fail the bounce test" to "replace them every 50-60k because by then they will have lost most of their useful dampening ability and your car won't corner/handle like it should".

Is there a noticeable improvement/restoration in handling replacing shocks around this mileage? Are other suspension components likely on their way out as well that I should look for? Or are those longer lasting? Mine seems to feel a little soft in the bends lately, like more body roll - it doesn't push back as much. Would that be expected at 60k with original shocks? Of course I could be imagining things as well.
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      06-02-2011, 10:37 AM   #5
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I am in a similar situation. An 06 with sports package suspension and 62k on the clock. I have heard everything from "don't replace your shocks until they fail the bounce test" to "replace them every 50-60k because by then they will have lost most of their useful dampening ability and your car won't corner/handle like it should".

Is there a noticeable improvement/restoration in handling replacing shocks around this mileage? Are other suspension components likely on their way out as well that I should look for? Or are those longer lasting? Mine seems to feel a little soft in the bends lately, like more body roll - it doesn't push back as much. Would that be expected at 60k with original shocks? Of course I could be imagining things as well.
I too would like to know this.
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      06-02-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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I just replaced my dampers with MSport ones from the last generation of performance suspension. The difference was not earth shattering but I did notice a more planted feeling in corners, especially when the road is bumpy. I replaced my factory sport package at 62k, reusing the factory springs and replacing the sway bar bushings with new factory parts. Overall, everything feels more crisp.
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I noticed my sport pkg struts/shocks going off at 70K mls, and I replaced them at 75K. I would not have wanted to have kept them on longer than that.
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I noticed my sport pkg struts/shocks going off at 70K mls, and I replaced them at 75K. I would not have wanted to have kept them on longer than that.
You keep the original springs? Replace with stock ZSP shocks/struts? Was anything else bad at that point? How much did it cost in total to get this done?
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You keep the original springs? Replace with stock ZSP shocks/struts? Was anything else bad at that point? How much did it cost in total to get this done?
Yes, kept the original springs, I'd consider replacing these the next time. I put in the old performance pkg struts/shocks, plus new front strut mount bearings (since I have an early build and Tischer required it.) Good thing, the bearings were shot - with them out, one didn't turn at all, the other hesitantly, both were fairly dry of grease. I seriously recommend doing a good service of these if you're not replacing them (clean the old bearing grease out with solvent, and repack well with new.)

I did other suspension mods, but not because the components had to be replaced now (the M-sport 14 mm rear sway made a big difference in the handling, highly recmd.) I did the installs myself, so just the cost of the parts above ~$400 and alignment $80.

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I see that tischer ran out of their deal on the old performance suspension. Is there anyone who still sells this version? I am curious because I noticed the new kit lowers the car more, and I'm not really looking to do that. Is the new one that much better?
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      06-19-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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why are you replacing parts that dont need to be replaced?

if you DO replace them, get something OTHER than stock.

you'll be much happier.
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